First Impressions

The A7R V is a strong upgrade on the 7R series, bringing the BIONZ XR image processing engine, AI-powered autofocus, 8K video and a versatile brand-new LCD keep track of to a currently outstanding high-resolution video camera.

Key Features

  • 61-megapixel sensing unit35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensing unit

  • BIONZ XR image processing engineWith a brand-new AI processing system

  • LCD show4-axis multi-angle display

  • 8K 24/25p videoOr 4K at as much as 60p


The Sony Alpha 7R V is the latest video camera to sign up with Sony’s Alpha series of mirrorless shooters and the follow-up to 2019’s exceptionally high-resolution A7R IV

The most significant upgrade here is the video camera’s brand-new AI processing system, which leverages deep discovering to acknowledge and track human beings with much better precision. Other essential upgrades this year consist of a brand-new 4-axis multi-angle display and the BIONZ XR image processing image, which introduced on the A7S III back in 2020 and can likewise be discovered on the A7 IV. 

I was provided the chance to evaluate out the Sony A7R V at a dance studio throughout Sony’s item launch occasion. Keep reading for my impressions of the video camera.

Design and display screen 

  • The A7R V has a familiar style 
  • There’s an EVF and a brand-new 4-axis multi-angle display 
  • The menu now has more touch choices 

Visually, the A7R V looks extremely comparable to the A7R IV. The video camera feels little and remarkably light-weight and the majority of the buttons and changes stay in the exact same location, indicating it shouldn’t be difficult to change if you’re originating from the previous generation. 

Sony A7R V above
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Along with a 9.44 million-dot electronic viewfinder, there’s a brand-new 4-axis multi-angle LCD keep track of. Where the display on the A7R IV was restricted to tilting up and down and provided a difficulty for vloggers, the display screen on the A7R V opens out to the side and tilts in a range of instructions. 

Sony A7R V monitor
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I discovered the display to be intense and sharp, making it simple to see when an image remains in focus. It’s likewise extremely flexible, indicating I wasn’t required to rest or twist my neck in uneasy methods when shooting from low down on the flooring. 

Sony A7R V menu
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The menu has actually been revamped too, providing more touch control. You can now swipe up from the bottom of the screen, for instance, to access a range of settings. This is particularly helpful if you’re utilizing that brand-new side-opening display to tape yourself. 

Sony A7R V swipe up menu
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The video camera has 2 CFexpress Type A slots and supports high-speed information transfers over Wi-Fi and USB-C. 

Performance and functions 

  • The A7R V has a high-resolution 61MP image sensing unit 
  • It now includes the BIONZ XR image processing engine 
  • The AF has actually been updated with AI

Like the A7R IV, the A7R V includes Sony’s greatest resolution 61-megapixel full-frame image sensing unit. Nevertheless, this time around the video camera has actually likewise been updated to the BIONZ XR image processing engine formerly included in the A7S III and the A7 IV.

According to Sony, combining the BIONZ XR with the A7R’s high-resolution sensing unit makes it possible for brand-new advancements in subject acknowledgment and capture for both photography and video. This consists of the capability to provide the greatest resolution at low level of sensitivity yet in the Alpha series. 

Of course, the most significant news here is the updated subject acknowledgment autofocus thanks to the addition of a brand-new AI processing system. 

Sony A7R V autofocus settings
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The AF now has more details about human position evaluation, enhancing its precision, while deep knowing enables it to find out to acknowledge brand-new topics, such as various animals, in time. 

Subject acknowledgment supports a variety of brand-new subject types, consisting of cars/trains, aircrafts, birds and bugs, in addition to the typical individuals and animals, and Sony has actually likewise consisted of a focus bracketing function for the very first time on a 7R video camera, which is something Sony fans have actually long been asking to see on the series.

Sony A7R V glasses

The human AF has the ability to leap in between identifying bodies, deals with and considers rapidly and precisely. It can even approximate where eyes lie behind sunglasses, which is something I evaluated out at the occasion.

I viewed as the focus point discovered and stayed on the eye – or where it would be – as the design strolled towards me. I did discover the focus tended to leap to the face when he reached a metre approximately away, however most of the time it stayed strongly on the eye. 

I likewise utilized the video camera to record the design in movement throughout a dance efficiency and discovered the burst mode to be extremely quickly, catching motion in sharp information. I likewise believe that the focus did an excellent task of acquiring the design’s eye whenever he spun to deal with the video camera, in addition to kicking back on his body when he turned away. 

Sony A7R V dancing 1

The image stabilisation system has actually likewise been provided an upgrade with sophisticated gyro sensing units and optimised image stabilisation algorithms use 8 actions of settlement for stills. This likewise permits upgrades the to Pixel Shift Multi Shooting function, which composites several pixel-shifted stills together to produce one high-resolution image, though I didn’t get an opportunity to evaluate this function out throughout the launch occasion. 

Finally, the A7R V can catching 8K video footage at 24/25p this time around, in addition to 4K at as much as 60p, though the 8K includes a 1.2x crop. The video camera likewise supports the enhanced subject acknowledgment tracking when taping video, in addition to breathing settlement and in-body image stabilisation. Though, I’d wish to evaluate the video settings in a complete evaluation to offer my decision on this.

First Impressions

The A7R V is a strong upgrade on the 7R series, bringing the BIONZ XR image processing engine, AI-powered autofocus, 8K video and a versatile brand-new LCD keep track of to a currently outstanding high-resolution video camera.

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Full specifications

Video Recording
IP ranking
Release Date
Burst shooting (mechanical shutter)
Burst shooting (electronic shutter)
Image stabilisation
Number of Memory card slots
Microphone port
Headphone port
Lens install

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